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Rebels hit the road for first ranked game at Holiday Inn-University Plaza Invitational

HOLIDAY INN-UNIVERSITY PLAZA INVITATIONAL
September 10-11
Bowling Green, Ky.
EA Diddle Arena
Ole Miss Invitational Logo
Ole Miss Notes SEC Notes
Friday September 10
UT Martin
1:00 p.m.
Friday September 10
# 15 Western Kentucky

7:00 p.m.
Saturday September 11
Samford

11:00
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RALLY POINTS

  • Ole Miss continues to ride until the start of the 2021 season, with the Rebels starting 5-0 for the first time since 2016. In 16 sets, Ole Miss has lost just one after winning the first 14 in a row .
  • The Rebels were a force at the net, registering 10 or more blocks in two games. Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC with an average of 2.88 blocks per set and 20th nationally.
  • With 15 squad blocks in the season opener, that marked the most blocks recorded in the first game of the year dating back to the 2000 season.
  • At the net, Sasha ratliff came hot with seven blocks in the first set alone at Troy to rack up a total of 20.0 in the first five games. The Atlanta native led the team in the freshman last season averaging 1.02 blocks per set.
  • Out, Anna bair was electric throughout the Ole Miss Invitational, winning all tournament honors. The St. Louis native has racked up double-digit wins in all three games. His 17 kills against Northwestern State have been the most successful in a single game by a Rebel this season.
  • Former Big 12 Co-Setter of the Year Kylee mclaughlin joined the Rebels as a graduate transfer this offseason after spending two years in Oklahoma. After averaging 10.20 assists and 3.50 digs per set, McLaughlin was named MVP Ole Miss Invitational.
  • Young people highlight the rebel roster, as Banwarth has added five freshmen to the squad. outside hitter Julia dye highlights freshmen as the Mississippi native won the Under Armor All American Honorable Mention out of high school.

MATCH MAKEUP

OLE MISS vs. UT MARTIN

  • Last meeting: in Oxford, 09/01/15 (UT Martin3, Ole Miss2)
  • Last win: in Memphis, 9/6/14 (Ole Miss3, UT Martin1)
  • All-Time Streak: 11-4 (First Meeting, 1976)

OLE MISS AT N ° 15 WESTERN KENTUCKY

  • All-time streak: 0-0 (first meeting, 2021)

OLE MISS vs. SAMFORD

  • Last meeting: in Oxford on 08/03/18 (Ole Miss 3, Samford 0)
  • Last victory: in Oxford on 03/08/18 (Ole Miss 3, Samford 0)
  • All-Time Streak: 4-1 (First Reunion, 2001)

TIREDNESS

SCOUTING THE SKYHAWKS
UT Martin enters the weekend 1-5 overall and comes off their first win of the season after a 3-0 sweep from Alabama A&M at the Saluki Bash.

ALL TIME VS. UT MARTIN
Despite Ole Miss leading the all-time series, UT Martin has won three of Ole Miss’s last five games. The last time the two teams met in 2015, the Skyhawks managed to secure a win in a straight-set match against the Rebels.

The Skyhawks fired four of five forwards from last season 2020-21, including Logan Wallick who won the All-OVC preseason honors. Karen Scanlon leads UT Martin with an average of 2.35 kills per set.

SCOUTING THE HILLTOPPERS
After the best season in program history, finishing with a 23-1 record, WKU sacks all players from their 2020-21 Sweet 16 campaign. The Hilltoppers have an unblemished 6-0 record in the Holiday Inn classic. -University Plaza, sweeping four of six games this season.

Three All-Americans lead the Hilltoppers with outside hitter Paige Briggs, setter Nadia Dieudonne and center hitter Lauren Matthews.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
After his third consecutive appearance at the NCAA tournament, Samford struggled to start this season with a 0-5 record.

Outside hitters Lauren Deaton and Kenya McQuirter have been named to the 2021 So-Con preseason All-Conference squad, after Deaton was named the 2020 SoCon player of the year.

ALL TIME VS. SAMFORD
Ole Miss has won the last four against the Bulldogs in a streak dating back to 2001. The last time the two teams met in 2018, the Rebels swept 3-0 as Aubrey sultemeier totaled three wins and two blocks.

HOT START
For the first time since 2016, Ole Miss started the season 5-0 in the second season under Kayla banwarth. The Rebels’ set record 15-1 marks the best winning percentage in the first five games in program history.

TAKE OUT THE BRUSHES
Not only did the Rebels open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2016, but also the first time since 2014 that Ole Miss has swept her first two opening matches.

THE BLOCK PARTY CONTINUES
With 1.88 blocks per set, Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC and 20th nationally. Second year Payton brgoch leads this charge, averaging 1.50 blocks per set.

SECOND STROKE SURGE
After appearing in 15 matches in his sophomore year, Brgoch took a big step forward in the second year of his rebel career. The center blocker has already beaten her previous career highs, racking up 10 kills in the win over UAB. Nationally, Brgoch ranks third with a .545 hit and second in the conference.

AGAINST RANKING ENEMIES
The last time the Rebels knocked out a ranked team was on the road in 2019 at No.22 Missouri in a 3-1 victory. Anna bair tallied eight kills in the victory over the Tigers on October 9, 2019.

THE GAME CONTINUES WITHOUT CONFERENCE
The Rebels are back on the road this weekend for the third of four preseason tournaments. Next weekend, Ole Miss will hit the road for three games in Indiana Sept. 16-17 for a final tune-up ahead of the SEC game.

READY FOR THE SECOND ROUND
This weekend marks the start of the second year of the Kayla banwarth era, after a rigorous 2020-2021 season with eight games against the top 15 opponents of the AVCA poll. This marked the most games against ranked opponents in a single season dating back to 2003.

NEW FACES ON THE BENCH
Three new faces have joined the rebel volleyball family this offseason with the addition of former center tackle George Mason Brad creamer as a volunteer assistant coach.

Another former Patriot also traveled to Oxford, with the letter-winner five times away from the batter Sam greenslade join the staff as a graduate manager.

The staff is supplemented by the operations coordinator Kendra charles. Charles joins the Rebels after spending five seasons as director of volleyball operations in northern Colorado.

MISSISSIPPI DOES
When the freshman on the outside hitter Julia dye made her rebel debut against UTSA, she became the first Mississippi native to don a rebel uniform since 2002. The Brandon native won the Under Armor All-American Honorable Mention as a senior at Hartfield Academy.

CLIMBING UP
Senior central blocker Aubrey sultemeier continues to cement his legacy as a rebel by raising Ole Miss’s record books as one of the best mid-blockers in the program’s history.

The Fredericksburg, TX native is 2 blocks total from making the top five in the era of rally scorers. She already holds the top spot in one-game block assists, recording nine on two occasions.

THE REBELS ARE 11TH IN THE DRY PRE-SEASON SURVEY
After finishing 12th last season, Ole Miss was ranked 11th overall in this year’s SEC preseason poll.

The reigning national champions took the top spot with Kentucky chosen as the favorites
to repeat as conference champions, receiving a total of seven first-place votes.

KEEP IT 100 – AT THE GILLOM CENTER
After a year of limited capacity at the Gillom Athletics Performance Center, Ole Miss is set to welcome fans back to the site for 12 home games.

Admission to any Ole Miss volleyball game is free. Fans are required to wear a mask in accordance with university policies.

Follow the rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB,Facebook to Ole Miss Volleyball, and on Instagram to @olemissvb. You can also follow the head coach Kayla banwarth on Twitter @ KaylaBanwarth2



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